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‘Zombieland’ Staggers Towards A Television Adaptation

The proposed series may take the bite out of a "Zombieland" film sequel.

Given the impressive ratings for "The Walking Dead," it should be no surprise that other zombie themed shows are already being pitched for television. And now, one of the proposed series is based on the biggest zombie movie in recent memory.

According to Vulture, Fox and Sony Pictures Television are in negotiations to put a "Zombieland" TV series into development for the 2012-2013 season. "Zombieland" would be a half-hour comedy, with the original screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick already signed for the project.

"Zombieland" producer Gavin Polone confirmed the potential series to Vulture and noted that "Zombieland" was originally pitched to CBS as a TV series in 2005 before ultimately making it to the big screen; where it grossed over $100 million worldwide and further catapulted Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone to stardom.

"The original plan for this was to make it as a TV show," said Palone. "But they did what networks do, which is to take all the good stuff out."

Although a film sequel to "Zombieland" seemed like an obvious next step, Palone added that "If the TV show goes, then the sequel won't happen."

During a previous interview with MTV News, Reese and Wernick shared their insight into how a "Zombieland" TV series would work.

“We always thought [it should be a TV series],” related Reese.  “If you watch the movie with that in mind, you will see some remnants of the television show. We have the ‘Zombie Kill of the Week,’ which was always intended to happen every week. The movie ends on a cliffhanger; it doesn’t have a real resolution. [The movie’s ending] is just our guys driving off into the sunset for some new adventures. That’s because, that’s how the television pilot ended.”

“And then, beyond that, we can introduce any characters we want," added Reese. "That was going to be the joy of the TV show, bringing in new people and killing them off, not killing them off, depending on how we felt about them. We really wanted to explore that.”

If the project lurches forward at Fox, expect a slew of casting announcements within the next few months.


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